Let’s Talk Bookish: Are big TBRs a result of abibliophobia?

I haven’t done a Let’s Talk Bookish post in a month and a half, and this post is a day late, but this topic is too good to miss!

Before seeing this week’s topic, I didn’t know what abibliophobia is, so if you don’t know:

Abibliophobia is the fear of running out of reading material, and TBRs are lists of books you plan to read.

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: Are big TBRs a result of abibliophobia? (suggested by Jillian @ Jillian the Bookish Butterfly).

Do you have abibliophobia?

The more that I think about it, I think that I have a sort of unconcious abibliophobia. I don’t sit down every day and think: I really really don’t want to run out of stuff to read. But do I also pack more books than I could ever read anytime I go on some sort of trip? Yes.

And I never go anywhere without books. I’ll either have a physical book with me, or maybe my kindle. I’ll at least have my phone, where I can listen to an audiobook, or read an ebook I have downloaded. At school (when it was in person) I would always have a book or two with me.

So do I have abibliophobia? I guess I do, sort of. But I don’t think that it’s necessarily a bad thing. I mean, books aren’t that bad to have around.

Do you add books to your TBR to keep it big, or is it a place where you keep books that seem interesting?

I don’t purposefully make my TBR big, but there are so many amazing books out there, and I don’t have time to read them all, so my TBR is very big!!

When I first made a TBR list, I put any random book that I thought looked interesting on the list. It grew really fast, and I realized that wasn’t a way that would be helpful to me. So, now I’m more selective with the books that I add to my TBR, putting only ones that I really want to read, and that I really think I’ll like.

There is an enormous amount of books I want to read though, so I don’t think I’ll ever need to spend extra time keeping it big.

Do you have multiple TBRs?

I have my main TBR, and other than that, my only other TBRs are the smaller monthly ones that I set. I also have a sort of ranking of books I want to read in my head, but it’s nothing super official. For example, Majesty is a book that I want to read at some point in my life, but An Ember in the Ashes is a series that I really want to read soon, and is definitely a higher priority!

Wrapping this up…

I’d never really thought about it, but I had a lot of fun writing this post and thinking about abibliophobia, why my TBRs are so big, and my incapability to somewhere without a book.

Do you think you have abibliophobia? Do you have a huge TBR? Chat with me in the comments below!

9 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Are big TBRs a result of abibliophobia?

  1. I had never heard of abibliophobia until now! I definitely have it lol. My TBR just keeps growing and growing. I just want to read all of the books and I always have like 5 to 6 books on the go at one time so I always have something to read. – Amber

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  2. I think I may have experienced abibliophobia last year. I didn’t yet learn about Libby or Hoopla and the digital loans until a month into the pandemic. It might explain why I maxed out my hold limit on Libby all the time, there was some point where I was beginning to feel anxious about not having a long TBR. This was a good topic, great post! 🙂

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  3. That’s such an interesting topic! I didn’t know what abibliophobia is. I wouldn’t have thought it was one of the reasons why my TBR was so big, but after reading your post, I’m convinced that it is one of my worries!

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